Pinot’s Farewell to the Tour: French star, Thibault Pinot has ridden his last Tour de France in his farewell season and John Eustice was there. Here are his thoughts on the ‘Grand Goodbye’ from the French hero of the road.
~ This article is from PelotonPerspectives the website of John Eustice – who pioneered American’s racing in Europe in the 1970’s, was two time United States pro champ, and led the first US team to race a Grand Tour at the 1984 Giro. John’s unique commentary is a refreshing take on modern racing. ~ ‘His’ fans went ceazy Thibault Pinot drove French fans mad with delight with his long breakaway on home training grounds, racing alone through the masses of adoring crowds gathered to honor their fellow Franche-Comteois on the final mountain stage of his career. It was such a perfectly professional move, a giving of himself to the public, offering up the show they were all hoping to see, a story they would tell and re-tell for generations. I don’t know what it is about Pinot, but he’s a rider that can bring me to tears. He fights so hard, things often don’t go his way yet one roots for him all the same, just urging him to succeed. PEZ Sez: I snapped this pic of Pinot at the start of the 2015 Giro di Lombardia. He was relaxed and obviously enjoying himself. He seemed like a cool cat, but what really struck me was his movie-star good […]